Tuol Sleng Genocide (S-21) Museum Phnom Penh Cambodia

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The Tuol Sleng Genocide (S-21) Museum in Phnom Penh Cambodia is a very sad but educational place.  From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge tortured and killed 25% (roughly 4 million) of the Cambodian population in over 300 facilities just like the S-21 prison.

 

 

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These leaders are still being tried for their crimes to this day.

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The playground of the former high school turned torture camp.

 

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Building “A” housed general prisoners and also torture rooms upstairs.

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This picture shows a dead inmate found when the prison was discovered and the next picture shows the torture room today.

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Guards used these torture rooms to force confessions for crimes against the country.

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The gallows were swing sets turned torture devices.  The guards would hang prisoners upside down with their heads submerged in sewage filled pots to gain confessions.

 

 

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The Khmer Rouge documented their victims throughout the process from captive to confession.  Inside the museum are many examples like the ones shown below.

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Clothes and personal items were stripped of their owners for processing. The picture below shows some that were found.  The picture below that shows what I stumbled upon in a section closed to the public.  As of my September 2013 visit, there was a stairwell full of clothes, shoes and other personal items.

 

 

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Building “B” was more secure than building “A” with barbed wire and small cells.

 

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Pictured below are two of the water torture devices.  The first is a big tub where prisoners were locked face down in water.  The second is a bucket where prisoners were hung upside down under water until the passed out

 

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The last picture are some of the skulls found and the placards describe the causes of death based on the injuries.

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